1953 – 2020
Dorothy Jean (Brown) Carrell, 67, of Shiro, passed away Thursday, June 18, at CHI St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, Texas. Visitation with family and friends was held from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 22, at Callaway Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. A celebration of her life was held at 10:00 a.m. with interment in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery in Houston following at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Jay Kott officiated. Arrangements are under the direction of Calloway Jones Funeral Home.
Dorothy was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on January 8, 1953 to Jodie and Virginia (Baird) Brown. She was one of seven children. Her family moved to Pasadena, Texas where Dorothy attended school. After high school, she worked as a cashier to support her three young children.
In 1979, in an effort to remove her children from the city life, Dorothy moved her family to a slower, simpler life in Grimes County. In 1986, another child was added to the family. Times were tough, but through the hardships of single parenting, Dorothy’s faith in God never wavered, nor did her belief that better times were on the horizon.
Dorothy’s prayers would be answered when she met and married Richard G. Carrell. The couple blended their lives and families and made their home in Shiro, Texas. Dorothy worked at Anderson-Shiro High School in the cafeteria. Living in the country, Dorothy had an appreciation for simple things that she found beautiful.
Dorothy loved plants and gardening of all kinds and animals. She cherished quiet moments alone and used this time to reflect and write poetry. She also had a desire to see more of the world and fell in love with traveling, most particular, cruising. Dorothy went on several cruises with her grown daughters, building an even closer, stronger bond with them. She enjoyed shopping and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dorothy is survived by her husband of 32 years, Richard Carrell; daughters and sons-in-laws Tami and Tom Perry, Melanie Paris, Felicia and Floyd Passmore and Kristian Wilson; sons, James “Jimmy” Paris and Richard Carrell, Jr.; grandchildren Edison Perry, Justin Willis and wife Kelsey, Jake Perry, Anthony Paris and wife Destiny, Zachary Willis and wife Jamie, Melinda Carrell, Jessica Paris, Jason Paris, Leigh, Luke and Lane Paris, Taylor, Cameron and Lealand Dockery, Joseph, Cecilia and Ryileen Carrell, Richard Carrell, III., and Hannah Carrell; great-grandchildren Alexandra, Faith, Kyleigh, Annabelle, Harleigh, Matthew, Laycee, Lexie, Bladyn, Brynleigh, Liv Everly, Avalynn and soon- to-be baby boy Willis; sister Twila Phillips and her beloved fur babies Chica, Baby Girl, Ziggy, Flip and Big Boy.
Serving as pallbearers are Edison Perry, Jake Perry, Justin Willis, Zachary Willis, Anthony Paris, Jason Paris, Robert Brown and Robbie Carrell. Serving as honorary bearers are Tom Perry, Floyd Passmore and Domingo Fernandez, Jr.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Donald, Lonnie, Robert, Kenneth and Richard Brown, daughter Consuelo Carrell and grandchildren Allynah Wilson and Logan Paris.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution in Dorothy’s name be made to the American Diabetes Association by visiting www.diabetes.org/donate.
You are invited to leave kind words and fond memories at www.callawayjones.com.